Dr Morrison is an exceptional lecturer. He is genuinely passionate about tax law and that passion inspired me to engage in with the course.
No prior knowledge is assumed for Intro to Taxation Law. Dr Morrison sets out the course logically- starting with taxation powers under the constitution, then looking at who is liable to pay tax and how that is calculated. Slides are not overloaded with information and there are a heap of practical examples.
Dr Morrison has a tendency to go off topic sometimes so if you are a stickler for structure be wary. There might be the odd catch-up lecture. While the digressions might not be directly assessed, they make lectures entertaining and engaging. He is unusual in that rather than purely explaining a topic he will give you the historical context. The end result is that you end the course not only knowing what the law is and how to apply it, but why that is the case.
Tutorials are particularly helpful as they explain the practical examples in depth and this ultimately is the basis of the assessment. Dr Morrison rewards engagement however so if you want to get the most out of his courses it is best to arrive prepared. He is open to answering questions and will explain things three times over if he has to.
LAWS5144 and LAWS5223
Overall the course content was not easy, but I felt well prepared by the end of semester. Students were given ample opportunity to practice tutorial questions and receive written feedback as if they were exam answers. Professor Morrison made the content understandable by contextualising the content and using real world examples. The lectures were engaging and entertaining to attend. The only negative comment I have about the course is that often the number of different authorities references throughout the powerpoint became a little distracting when preparing for the exam.
David taught me introductory and advanced taxation courses at UQ. He was always responsive to my queries, mentored my success, and encouraged engagement in an active learning environment.
The lecturer is really good at giving practical, real world examples and showing students how to apply the knowledge. He has vast experience in the field and shares current tax trends in lectures.
Being such a practical subject however students should approach it as almost a commerce subject (both Intro to Tax and Advanced Tax). Merely stating the law won't get you anywhere- expect to do calculations and not just rattle off case law.
I highly recommend doing both tax subjects. They aren't easy and you can't bluff your way through. But they will reap dividends in your future career.
LAWS5144, LAWS 5223
Courses were highly engaging and of significant practical relevance outside of the classroom. I would argue that LAWS5144 (Intro to Taxation Law) should be made compulsory for all Law students considering its relevance.
David is a fantastic lecturer. He is extremely knowledgable and was always approachable and engaging. This made his lectures and tutorials extremely enjoyable and has led to both courses being among my favourite to have studied at UQ.
Very very useful content. I can guarantee that you will save the cost of doing the course many times over with the basic personal tax knowledge in Intro to Tax. Advanced Tax takes that to the next level with trusts, partnerships and companies. Entertaining and approachable lecturer who encourages lecture attendance. The course aims are well enunciated from the get go and consistent feedback is given throughout the course so you can track where your understanding is at. Cannot recommend these courses more highly for anyone mildly interested in tax.
Great teacher! Helped me so much. Gave me extra feedback and time to ensure i understood complex topics.
Dr Morrison is an excellent lecturer. He is honestly one of the best lecturers, if not the best lecturer I have had. This is because he explains things very clearly, in a way that both provides a strong theoretical foundation, as well as a sense of how taxation law operates in reality. He regularly gives us students study tips which help us with not only taxation law, but law in general. He gives very prompt feedback, and makes himself available to all students by email. As such, I find him very helpful.
LAWS5114 and LAWS5223
Advanced tax was made much easier with the guidance of professor morrison. I thoroughly enjoyed his teaching style and his availability to his students shows a commitment and dedication in educating us.
The content in this course was really applicable for the real world and was hands down the must useful subject I have studied even though. NB I practice law but I do not practice tax law!! I take my hat off to David Morrison not only for choosing the content so well but also for expressing it so clearly and in a fashion that did not use time constraints as an excuse. e.g. if we ran out of time in the lecture as students had questions etc. he would record himself going through any unaddressed content whereas other lecturers i've had as UQ just leave it to you to navigate the remaining content yourself. Most fascinating to me about David Morrison is that he was 100% willing to invest time in you. As in, in every single student, not just those who tend to make contact with the lecturers anyway. I can hands down say that getting a 5 instead of a 6 of a 6 instead of a 7 is in the hands of the student because if you put in the work David Morrison will also take the time to give you constructive feedback to help you improve.
Both courses were not easy however David Morrison made an effort and really encouraged me to try my best. The course was well structured which made complex concepts easier to understand, providing us with strong foundational knowledge to get us through the latter weeks.